Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra (MoPhO)

"do mobile phones dream of electric orchestras?"

Stanford MoPhO

Ge Wang

Jieun Oh, Nick Bryan, Jorge Herrera

Georg Essl, advisor

MoPhO in the Press
Stanford article | NPR | New York Times feature
Wired | mashable

MoPhO Publications + Resources
MoPhO paper
(ICMC 2008) | Ocarina paper (Computer Music Journal)
"Evolving MoPhO" paper
(NIME 2010)
Mobile Music
(course) | SLOrk (laptop orchestra) | Ocarina

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The Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra (MoPhO) is a first-of-its-kind ensemble that explores social music-making using mobile devices (e.g., iPhones and iPads). Far beyond ring-tones, MoPhO's interactive social-musical works and research take advantage of the unique technological capabilities of today's hardware and software, transforming multi-touch screens, built-in accelerometers, gyroscopes, microphones, cameras, GPS, data networks, and computation into powerful, mobile, and personal musical instruments and experiences. MoPhO was instantiated in 2007 at CCRMA, Stanford University, by faculty member and director Ge Wang, Deutsche Telekom senior research scientist (now faculty at University of Michigan, co-director 2007-2009) Georg Essl, and visiting CCRMA researcher Henri Penttinen, with CCRMA Artistic Coordinator Chryssie Nanou, 2007-2008 MA/MST students, and generous initial support from Nokia. MoPhO performed its first public concert in January 2008 and continues to serve as a research platform for social, mobile music.

MoPhO is made possible by generous support from the Stanford University School of Humanities and the National Science Foundation, and would also like to thank our friends and colleagues at CCRMA, Smule, Altec Lansing, and Apple. Please contact Ge for more information. Also, check out our sibling MiPhO at University of Michigan!

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